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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Blazer, Mar 11, 2019.
I always thought that this was just translated, but it really is a rip off. And this as well...
Richie Valens “La Bamba” and the Beatles “Twist and Shout”
Oasis “Wonderwall” and Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” both have similarities to each other and Aerosmith’s “Dream On”
I’m too lazy to look it up, but Mr. Burnett also had a similarly-music’d song “Shake For Me,” famously covered by Stevie Vaughan before he remembered his middle name.
Elvis wanted to record "There's No Tomorrow" because it was set to "O Sole Mio" -- Elvis was apparently a big fan of Enrico Caruso -- but his publisher ended up commissioning "It's Now or Never" for him to record because of a dispute over the royalties.
"Surrender" is set to another Neopolitan song, "Torna A Surriento."
The title made me laugh because there are, like, a dozen songs that I can name off the top of my head that follow C-D-G to a very similar beat and tempo. C-D-G is SO overused.
Forgot about that one. You are correct!
"Twist and Shout" was an Isley Brother's song. I like to do a medley of "Twist and Shout," "Good Lovin'" and "La Bamba."
Not exact, but Phil Lesh said that this Fleetwood Mac song was the inspiration for the second song, Passenger.
Maybe this Neil Young song explains why so many people rip off other peoples songs....
And the song he borrowed...
Actually, they don't have the same message. Sting said The Police song was about how some of the most enduring pop songs were things where the lyric (or at least the hook) were more or less gibberish (e.g. De Do Ran Ran, Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, and Ça plane pour moi).
Sting said he thought it was funny that people tried to put some deep meanign to what the words to that song were about, but it was really just him saying sometimes words don't express what you want to say.
A few additions to the list:
Triumph's Too Much Thinking is essentially Neon Knights by Black Sabbath, but with different words
Sammy Hagar's Heavy Metal (as heard in the movie of the same name) borrows heavily from Queen's It's Late
Smells Like Teen Spirit (the Nirvana song) borrows heavily from Godzilla (the Blue Oyster Cult song)
Come As You Are (the Nirvana song) borrows it's riff from Eighties by Killing Joke (who even sued Nirvana over it)
The first time I saw Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson introduced the song We Used To Know by telling us that The Eagles stole the chord progression for Hotel California
Guns N Roses lifted the riff to Paradise City from a Black Sabbath song called Zero The Hero
Then there's Hello I Love You by The Doors, which was based on All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks
There's an Emerson Lake And Palmer song called Tiger In The Spotlight, which seems to be based on a Beach Boys instrumental called Carl's Big Chance. I mean literally, Tiger In The Spotlight is literally the Beach Boys track, but with a vocal melody and lyrics.
And since the OP mentioned Prince, according to Jonathan Cain of Journey, Prince actually called him up and played Purple Rain for him, because Prince was concerned that it sounded too much like Faithfully.
But wasn't Lawdy Mama a cover?
Intro to Whiter Shade of Pale is Bach's Air on a G String.
The Toys' Lover's Concerto is also based on Bach.
Love and Marriage was used for Campbell's ads Soup and Sandwich.
Dust My Broom has a billion different titles, most of them by Elmore James.
Lennon's Because is based on a reversed Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven).
On Top of Old Smokey is the same tune as On Top of Spaghetti. (ha-ha)
Or D-C-G, specifically the open position D-Cadd9-G/B progression. I don't how many songs that use that exact same descending progression:
More Than A Feeling
Tales Of Brave Ulysses
It crops up also in Over The Hills And Far Away, but it's not actually an integral part of the song, as far as I remember.
And yes, in the two Cream songs (which do use the same chord progression), the G/B is followed by two more chords (Bb and C I think).
This sounds familiar.
Not quite. It's based on the Minuet In G Major in the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, but it's generally believed to have actually been composed by Christian Petzold.
If we're talking about the same progressions only, then even Guns n' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine uses the D- Cadd 9-G and so does Hard Sun by Peter Gordonson (I'm not gonna talk about the Eddie Vedder cover, because it's the same) also uses that progression. For D-Cadd9-G we also have all the Knockin' on Heaven's Door by Eric and Yesterdays also by Guns n' Roses. It's everywhere.
Yeah, we always did ROCK in the USA to What I Like About You and La Bamba into Twist and Shout. And it kept them dancing.
I suspect having some money in the bank didn't hurt either!
I'm glad none of you are judges in plagiarism cases
There is a big difference between "inspired by" and "a cover with different lyrics". For the thread title, most of the examples I see in this thread are a stretch of the imagination. You can't tie songs together by a chord pattern, a beat, or a single riff.
If the thread title was "what songs share something in common" this thread would be on topic, but "a cover with different lyrics"... IMO only a few examples qualify.